Shantae’s already done with this.
Scuttle Town, normally a peaceful town by the sea, is under attack by the infamous pirate Risky Boots. Thankfully, Scuttle Town also has a Guardian Genie: Shantae. Shantae’s skill at dancing and her magical hair make her a force to be reckoned with. There’s just one problem, though.
Shantae’s only a half-genie.
Welcome to Shantae, Wayforward’s cult classic from the Game Boy Color era. Chances are, you’ve at least heard of the most recent entry in the series, Half Genie Hero. While the series has enjoyed success recently, the start of it was a little more rocky. Although well regarded at the time, the original Shantae sold poorly, and wouldn’t get a sequel for several more years.
Shantae is definitely a technically impressive game, and there is a lot of love and detail put into it despite being on the Game Boy Color. That being said, while the game is aesthetically amazing and technically fairly good, I’d say it’s not aged… great. Shantae is a Metroidvania, but it doesn’t lean into some of the better aspects of the genre, and it’s more backtrack heavy than anything else. Enemy balance isn’t great either, leading to even some of the first enemies being more of a pain in the neck than they should be. That said, I’ll still be going for 100% since it’s not particularly difficult to do so.